This Woman Stood Up For Herself After Instagram Deleted Her Transformation Photo

Losing 115 pounds is no easy feat, which is why Morgan Bartley was proud to share her incredible progress on social media. Unfortunately, instead of celebrating her success, Instagram deleted the 19-year-old’s before-and-after weight loss photo for no apparent reason.

FWIW, Instagram’s community guidelines don’t tolerate “close-ups of fully-nude buttocks,” “content that contains credible threats or hate speech,” and “serious threats of harm to public and personal safety”-but Morgan’s post doesn’t violate any of these rules. Take a look for yourself.

Recognizing that her post wasn’t breaking any rules, Morgan reposted the original image a few days ago with an empowering caption. “I share my journey online in hopes of inspiring others to take control of their own lives,” she captioned the new photo, which has already garnered more than 17,600 likes. “I think it sucks that people express negativity toward something with only positive intentions, BUT that’s why we peeps full of love and light get to make a difference.” (Morgan wasn’t the only woman who has had this happened. This fitness trainer clapped back after the social media platform deleted a photo of her cellulite.)

This isn’t the first time the teen has posted a transformation picture of herself, and getting to a place where she’s comfortable posting them at all hasn’t been easy. While Morgan admitted that she’s struggled with her weight her whole life, other health problems made losing the weight even harder. At just 15 years old she was diagnosed with ovarian torsion, a painful condition that caused her to lose one of her ovaries. Later, she began to exhibit symptoms of menopause which was cause for concern about her ability to have children later in life. The news put Morgan is a deep depression causing her to begin binge eating, which led Morgan’s weight to reach upwards of 300 pounds. Her many Instagram posts explain how she felt like her body betrayed her, and she used food as a way to escape. (Is it really binge eating if it only happens occasionally? We found out.)

But she knew something needed to change.

“I decided to take back control of my body and save my own life,” she said. Knowing that diets and workouts hadn’t helped in the past, Morgan opted for gastric bypass surgery, but she knew that the surgery was only a tool to help with weight loss and not her permanent or only solution. She’s since lost an incredible 115 pounds. And even though Morgan still wants to lose another 30 more, she couldn’t be happier about how far she’s come and refuses to let any unsolicited critique bring her down. “Never let worldly pessimism or judgment prevent you from living your life and celebrating what you’ve done with it,” she says. (P.S. This blogger’s post will change the way you look at before-and-after photos forever.)

With everything she’s battled through and achieved, Morgan has every right stand up for herself (and her brave posts) by proving that the only opinion that *really* matters is hers. “I think I look pretty freakin’ bomb in a bathing suit on the beach,” she says. “And that’s after a lifetime of letting insecurities hold me back from experiencing life. Yes, I’ll continue to wear a full face of makeup to the beach and yes, I’ll continue to be DAMN proud of who I’ve worked so hard to become.” Amen, girlfriend. You look incredible.

Instagram will restrict who can see posts about cosmetic procedures, weight loss products

Instagram will restrict people under the age of 18 from seeing posts that promote weight loss products or types of cosmetic surgery as part of a new policy that targets a rapidly growing and controversial sect of influencer marketing.

In some cases, posts may be removed entirely, too. Instagram will apply the age restriction in cases where posts include an incentive to buy or are accompanied by a price for a product. The company will remove posts entirely if it “makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a commercial offer such as a discount code.”

Instagram’s advertising guidelines and policies never allowed for the promotion of these products, according to a statement from the company, but recent growth among influencers and celebrities has prompted additional action. The policy will affect both Instagram and Facebook.

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The updated policy is part of Instagram’s work to make the platform “a positive place for everyone” and to “reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media,” Instagram’s public policy manager, Emma Collins, said in a press release.

Influencers like Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have long drawn ire from critics, including actress Jameela Jamil, for promoting weight loss products. One of Jamil’s tweets about influencers on Instagram selling these products, which are potentially harmful to young buyers and oftentimes don’t work, went viral in November 2018, bringing more attention to the issue. Jamil worked with Instagram and other experts to bring changes to the platform, according to a statement.

If celebs and influencers were actually honest with us about some of these diet/detox products…

— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 28, 2018

“As someone who struggled with an eating disorder for most of my youth, I’ve personally known and suffered the perils of the devious side of the diet/detox industry,” she said. “A focus of our advocacy since inception, it is a proud day for ‘I Weigh’ and a day of hope for our generation, who deserve respect and protection from the celebrities and influencers that they follow.”

The company decided to implement the new policy now due to conversations around the “role social media can play in creating pressure for people to look or act a certain way.” The company is asking people who see concerning posts, or cases where the new policy is being violated, to report those instances. Instagram’s press release also states that the policy will “evolve as needed but we believe this a positive step in protecting people on Instagram.”

Kelly Clarkson’s impressive 37-pound weight loss is still impressing fans on social media. The star’s team shared a new clip to her Instagram account on August 1 which revealed to fans that there’s now a new way to catch her in concert from the comfort of their own home through a virtual reality app. But it was more the fact that the singer was looking happier and healthier than ever that really caught fans’ attention.

The video showed several clips of Kelly in concert as part of her “Meaning of Life Tour,” which took place across the U.S. between January and March 2019, revealing her weight loss in a number of curve-hugging ensembles.

Clarkson also looked healthier than ever as she spoke to the camera about the new technology while wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Past, Present, Future” and drinking from a black cup.

Fans definitely took notice of the star’s new figure in the comments section, as many commented on just how gorgeous the star – who’s stunning at any size – looks as she gears up for the next season of The Voice, which is set to debut on NBC in September.

“You look fantastic girl,” one of her Instagram users commented on the video upload, while another person told the mom of two that they thought she was “Looking awesome.”

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Another inquired about her recent impressive weight loss and asked if the “Since U Been Gone” singer had been following the keto diet to drop the pounds.

However, Clarkson has actually already spoken out about how she lost the weight, previously crediting the book The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain by Dr. Steven Gundry for inspiring her to take on a healthier diet and for helping her to get her thyroid issue under control.

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“I had an autoimmune disease and a thyroid problem that started in 2006. I read this book… and it might not work for you but it worked wonders for me,” Kelly said of her weight loss during an appearance on Today alongside Hoda Kotb.

“I’m, like, 37 pounds lighter,” The Voice coach continued. “For me, it wasn’t really the weight—for me it was that I’m not on my medicine anymore.”

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The star’s also been proudly showing off the results of her healthy new diet on multiple occasions.

As The Inquisitr shared, Kelly recently flaunted her impressive figure in a red satin dress back in May that had her fans’ jaws hitting the floor.

Clarkson will soon be back on screens for her own talk show, titled The Kelly Clarkson Show, and will also be returning to her red spinning chair for Season 17 of The Voice alongside Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend in September.

“Go a mile down the beach to find the best seashells!” called a smiling tour guide, as honeymooners Lexi and Danny Reed arrived by ferry at Florida’s picturesque Shell Island. Giddy since her wedding, Lexi took Danny’s hand, and they headed off on their shell-gathering excursion. Yet no amount of lightness in her heart made it easier to move her 485-pound body.

Walking across the sand, Lexi’s joints began to twinge, then throb, then scream. She slowed, struggling to breathe. They’d barely gone a few hundred yards. “I have to rest,” she said to Danny, embarrassment making her cheeks burn hotter.

Danny helped Lexi sit, settled dutifully next to her, and Lexi felt a new stab of shame. Now my body isn’t just holding me back, it’s holding him back, too, she panicked. She shook her head. “You go on without me, Danny. I’m fine here.” He hesitated. She forced a smile. “Go on! Bring me something pretty!” He seemed unsure but jogged to join the group. Lexi sat alone, listening to waves crash on the shore, a lifetime of frustration and pain washing over her. Her body had been her prison for so long.

Yet her efforts at healthy living — starting with Weight Watchers at age 12 — never worked for long. Now she wondered: Will I be trapped forever?

Finding the Key

Returning to her Indiana home, Lexi was reminded she needed to take control of her health every time she struggled to tie her shoes or climb a few stairs. But the newlyweds slipped into old habits, gorging on Chinese food and pizza — until Lexi’s best friend decided to get into shape.

“For a month, let’s challenge ourselves to eat healthy, cook every meal at home, and exercise 30 minutes a day,” Cheyenne said to Lexi and Danny one night. Lexi glanced at Danny, who also struggled with weight loss. “I’m in if you are,” he said. Lexi liked that there was no program to pay for, no complicated plan to learn. And she had to try something. “Let’s do it!” she said. They’d start January 1, 2016.

Cheyenne mentioned a free food tracking app called MyFitnessPal that could help with calories and portions, so Lexi downloaded it to her cellphone. The MyFitnessPal nutrition app guided her to enter her height, weight, and age, then it calculated a daily calorie goal of 1,800 per day based on her activity levels and BMI. “Isn’t that too many?” Lexi worried. She noticed targets for protein, carb, fat, and sodium intake. “I guess I’ll try it and see how my body reacts,” she said aloud.

Her first meal was instant maple oatmeal with peanut butter — easy, tasty, filling, and about 300 calories. She packed a 400-calorie brown bag lunch (grilled chicken, broccoli, fruit) and left 1,100 calories for snacks (fruit, cheese, nuts) and the dinner she planned to make (salmon, cottage cheese, sweet potato, and veggies).

She also tried to drink a gallon of water, skipping soda. “Compared to other diets with points and exchanges, this was a breeze,” she said to Cheyenne. “I’m just choosing healthy foods that look good to me and logging them in!” On day one, the log was already helping her get a sense of right-size portions and balanced meals.

She was excited — until it was time to meet Danny to workout at the gym.

Lexi put on her size 4X workout clothes and gave herself a pep talk: “You’re going to be the biggest girl here. This is where you’re starting. Chin up!” She went straight to the elliptical trainer, which seemed easiest for achy joints. In minutes, she was drenched in sweat and gasping, but she kept moving very, very slowly. At times, she barely moved at all. But she kept creeping for 30 minutes — and eventually, she did it!

By week’s end, Lexi was down eight pounds. “I guess I can lose weight eating 1,800 calories,” she thought with a smile. Looking ahead, Lexi knew she tended to miss certain foods the longer she was on a diet, so she tried making healthier versions of some favorites. Though her General Tso’s Chicken turned out soggy, a cauliflower-crust pizza was delicious. And when she logged it on her phone app, she realized it was low in calories yet packed with nutrition. Perfect!

Weeks passed and as she kept getting stronger, the scale kept going down: 25 pounds in 30 days, 50 pounds in 74 days, an astonishing 100 pounds in five months. She was shocked by how fast her progress was.

From ‘Fed Up’ to Freedom

After Lexi had dropped 200 pounds, MyFitnessPal reduced her daily calorie goal to 1,400 per day, but Lexi barely noticed. She just stuck with the foods she’d learned held her over best, like chicken and salmon, veggies, healthy fats, and sweet potatoes. Before long, she stepped on the scale and it read “199.” For the first time as an adult, Lexi was under 200 pounds. “I screamed, I laughed, I cried,” recalls Lexi, who shares her journey on the FatGirlFedup Instagram and Facebook page.

Within two years, she’d dropped 312 pounds. “To succeed, you just have to get back up exactly one more time than you fall down,” she says. “My hope is that someone will hear my story and decide to try again!” This year, down a combined 407 pounds, Lexi and Danny took the Shell Tour again. Lexi, 27, still didn’t walk. “I ran down the beach — and it was amazing.”

Lexi’s Most Powerful Trick

By the 18-month mark, Lexi’s progress had outpaced that of a typical gastric-bypass patient by about 60 pounds. How’d she get on the fast track? Her food log! Reading Lexi’s story, you may have wondered, “does my fitness pal work?” Well, research shows that using a food journal for weight loss can double the results of any diet. Opt for a free app like MyFitnessPal, or just use pen and paper. Either option “is an incredibly effective tool,” says Today nutrition pro Joy Bauer, RD, founder of Nourish Snacks. Using a food log for weight loss can “help keep you accountable, focused, and motivated,” says Bauer.

Another helpful tip? “Amazon sells scales that go up to 700 pounds. If you’re as big as I was, it’s worth the cost. Seeing the numbers go down is so motivating!” Lexi says.

Photo Courtesy of Lexi Reed, @FatGirlFedUp

The Fatgirlfedup Diet

Our nutrition team worked with Lexi to create this special version of her plan for you to try. Our menus serve up 1,700-1,800 calories daily. While using this plan, be sure to drink plenty of water. Lexi aimed for a gallon daily; she also kept her sodium intake to less than 2,500 mg. daily. Add any other zero-cal beverages and ultra-low-cal and low-sodium extras you like, such as coffee, tea, spices, vinegar, and zero-cal sweetener. As always, get a doctor’s okay to try any new plan.


(Choose One Daily)

Option 1: 1 packet lower-sugar maple oatmeal mixed with 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Option 2: Cheeseburger Scramble: 2 eggs, scrambled, with 1 oz. browned lean ground meat, 1 Tbsp. shredded cheese and diced spinach, tomato and/or onion to taste; serve with optional 1 Tbsp. reduced-sugar ketchup

Lunch & Dinner

(Choose One at Each Sitting)

Option 1: Lexi’s Meal-in-a-Minute: Heat 4 oz. precooked chicken and 1/2 cup ready-to-eat brown rice; enjoy over bagged salad with 100-calorie-pack guacamole, 1 Tbsp. sour cream, and salsa to taste

Option 2: 4 oz. salmon, 6 oz. cod, or 5 oz. large shrimp pan-seared with 1/4 tsp. cajun-style blackened seasoning mix; add 1 tsp. oil to pan for cod/shrimp; enjoy hot or chilled with 1 cup steamed asparagus roasted with 1 tsp. olive oil

Option 3: 4 oz. turkey burger (or any lean burger) with 1 slice cheese on 1 whole-grain Arnold’s Sandwich Thins bun with 1 Tbsp. reduced-sugar ketchup, onion, lettuce and tomato to taste; 1 small sweet potato cut into wedges roasted with 1 tsp. olive oil

Option 4: Lexi’s BBQ Chicken Pizza: Top a ready-made cauliflower pizza crust with 2 Tbsp. sugar-free barbecue sauce, 2 oz. shredded cooked chicken, 1/4 cup mozzarella, and red onion slices to taste; Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Serves 1; 2 cups salad vegetables with 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette

Option 5: 1 serving Meatball-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash (recipe below)

Option 6: Feta Chicken: Mix 1 Tbsp. each light cream cheese and crumbled feta, dash with garlic powder and oregano. Spread mixture in a split 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast. Bake at 350°F until done, about 12 to 15 minutes; 2 cups spinach sautéed in 1 tsp. olive oil, spritz lemon; 1/ 2 cup cooked brown rice; 1/2 cup grapes


(Enjoy Two Per Day)

Option 1: 1 250-calorie protein bar, such as Dough Bar Doughnuts Protein Crispy Bar

Option 2: 1 small banana with 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Option 3: 1 cheese stick; 25 pistachios

FatGirlFedUp Recipes: Lexi’s Meatball-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

“This is a healthy version of food you and your family probably already love,” says Lexi. “It’s so good!”

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sugar marinara sauce
  • 8-10 ready-made turkey meatballs, thawed
  1. Pierce squash several times with fork. Microwave on High 10 minutes, flipping once. Cool; cut in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard seeds.
  2. Scrape inside of each half with fork so it looks like spaghetti. Season with salt and pepper. Divide cheese, sauce and meatballs between squash halves.
  3. Bake at 450°F until cheese is melted, 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 2 servings.

FatGirlFedUp Meal Plan: How to Make Your Own

Lexi started tracking food intake using an app which helped her set a daily calorie goal — 1,800 calories per day during most of her weight loss journey — and to hit that goal using healthy food she enjoys. To try it for yourself, just use a free app like MyFitnessPal or SparkPeople (both available on your computer or as a download for your cellphone).

This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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21 Health Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow Right Now

Before social media revamped the internet, people who wanted to eat healthier and exercise more plastered photos of models with their ideal body image on their refrigerator to help them stay on track. Fortunately, there’s no longer a reason to clip magazine images that inspire you to stick to your new diet and exercise routine. If you need healthy cooking tips, a slight confidence boost, or a bit of motivation to stick to your new health and wellness routine, follow these Instagram accounts.

1. Beauty Blends

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If you’re looking for plant-based and simple vegan recipes, Beauty Blends has you covered. This Dutch-based Instagram blogger posts vibrant photos of drool-worthy desserts and appetite-satisfying meals that make you want to eat healthy on a regular basis.

2. Jessamyn Stanley

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Jessamyn Stanley is a body-positivity advocate and yoga teacher who uses her Instagram account to inspire hundreds of thousands of followers. Her feed is filled with images of yoga poses, short videos of yoga sequences, and posts that focus on the way you feel, rather than how you look.

3. Abdkitchen

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Abdkitchen’s Instagram feed is filled with healthy comfort food. On this Instagram account, you’ll find a variety of soups good enough to warm your soul and spice-infused dishes that almost look too good to eat.

4. Fat Girl Fed Up

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Lexi was a fat girl who was fed up with how she looked and felt, so she took matters into her own hands. She lost 312 pounds naturally — through diet and exercise — over the course of two-years. Her Instagram account showcases her continual journey with weight loss, exercise, self-discovery, and living a healthy lifestyle. If you need motivation and inspiration, Lexi is the health-related Instagram blogger to follow.

5. Discovering Danny

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We can’t mention Lexi at @fatgirlfedup without mentioning her other half. Discovering Danny is her partner in crime, and his Instagram feed is just as inspiring. Using diet and exercise, Danny has lost 95 pounds since 2016, and together with Lexi, they work to inspire over a million Instagram followers throughout their own health and wellness journey.

6. Sjana Elise Earp

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Sjana Elise Earp’s Instagram feed has attracted over one million followers for a reason — her yoga-inspired photos are absolutely breathtaking. If you’re a yoga enthusiast, or you plan to become one, Sjana’s jaw-dropping shots are sure to motivate you to start posing.

7. The Crunchy Radish

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Miranda Hammer is the registered dietician who runs the widely popular Instagram account, The Crunchy Radish. She’s a fitness enthusiast who focuses on creating healthy recipes using all-natural foods, which she shares via Instagram and her blog. But the best part about her feed isn’t the food; it’s how simple her recipes are to make.

8. The Delicious

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Sarah is the founder of The Delicious Life, a blog that focuses on eating beautifully every day. On her Instagram feed, she shares bright, colorful photos of fruits and veggies, along with recipes so you can put the fun back in your diet.

9. Rochelle Bilow

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Rochelle Bilow works at Bon Appétit, a magazine filled with recipes and cooking tips, and her Instagram feed reflects the healthy lifestyle she maintains. The feed is filled with photos taken during her regular runs, the food she’s eating, and some of her favorite yoga poses.

10. Eddie Hall

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If weightlifting and bodybuilding is more your style, check out Eddie Hall’s Instagram account. He holds the world record for deadlifting 500 kilograms and has won the title of the UK’s Strongest Man six years in a row. His Instagram feed showcases photos of him in the gym, videos of him lifting weights, and stories about his own personal weightlifting journey.

11. Hannah Fallis Bronfman

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Hannah Bronfman is a fitness enthusiast, DJ, and the author of the book Do What Feels Good, Recipes, Remedies, and Routines to Treat Your Body Right. Her Instagram feed highlights her fun personality, gives you an up-close look at her lifestyle, and displays posts that inspire her followers to live a happy, healthy lifestyle.

12. Sara Forte

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Sara Forte is the author of Sprouted Kitchen and Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl + Spoon — two cookbooks designed to inspire healthy eating. But the great thing about The Sprouted Kitchen Instagram feed is that Sara doesn’t follow one specific diet style. Instead, she focuses her feed on eating healthy and seasonally and fills it with recipes that are nutritious and satisfying.

13. Minimalist Baker

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Minimalist Baker is the Instagram account to follow if you’re a self-described lazy cook or looking for healthy recipes that are quick and simple. All of the recipes Dana Schultz posts only require one bowl, take 30 minutes or less to make, and require no more than 10 ingredients.

14. Coco Lovin’

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Need to level up your breakfast game? Alexa at @coco_lovin really understands just how important a good fruit bowl is to your morning routine. She shares various healthy, fruit-based recipes that make her followers look forward to getting up each morning.

15. Holly Rilinger

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What makes Holly Rilinger’s Instagram account follow-worthy? The fact that her positive posts and stunning selfies are enough to make you want to get your butt to the gym ASAP. On her Instagram feed, Holly shares stories about her own health and wellness journey that inspire others to take action.

16. Massy Arias

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Boxing, strength training, and yoga — Massy Arias does a little bit of it all. Along the way, she shares her journey on Instagram. This health coach inspires over two million followers to continue their health and wellness journeys, teaching expecting mothers how to modify their exercise routines during pregnancy and moms how to make time in their busy day for a workout.

17. Kenneth Gallarzo

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Kenneth Gallarzo uses his Instagram account to teach others how to use slow, controlled gymnastic moves to strength train. His feed is full of how-to videos, making it ideal for anyone who’s new to the workout scene.

18. Jenna Murrow

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Jenna Murrow’s Instagram feed is a combination of photos and videos that teach followers to unlock their healing potential through yoga therapy, healthy eating, and Ayurvedic medicine.

19. Angela Liddon

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Angela Liddon, founder of the blog Oh She Glows, shares mouthwatering vegan recipes on her Instagram feed. Her feed is ideal for anyone considering adopting a vegan lifestyle, especially those with a sweet tooth.

20. Jessi Kneeland

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Jessi Kneeland is a life coach who specializes in teaching women how to love and accept their bodies. Her Instagram feed focuses on fitness and includes a variety of instructional videos and posts about mindset.

21. Amanda Meixner

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If you need help with healthy eating, Amanda Meixner has your back. Her Instagram account teaches followers which foods to love and what type of food they should avoid if they want to eat healthily.

Amazing Instagram Weight-Loss Stories: Here’s How They Did It

Need a little motivation? You don’t have to look far for inspiring weight loss stories. In fact, they’re all over Instagram. And while no two journeys are ever the same, they all have one thing in common: The defining moments that led to the decision to get healthy once and for all. These Instagram weight loss success stories are downright inspiring.

Shandra Redwine, @losermentality

Shandra Redwine weight loss transformation. | Shandra Redwine via Instagram

On the day that Shandra Redwine got married, she wore a size 22 wedding dress. Recently, she found the dress in her closet and couldn’t believe how far she’d come. Redwine credits her impressive 92 pound weight loss with a few things: Cutting out all processed food from her diet, slashing her calorie intake to 1,200 (at first), and lots of cardio. Clearly, it’s working.

Lexi and Danny, @fatgirlfedup and @discoveringdanny

Lexi weight loss transformation | Lexi via Instagram

On the first day Lexi walked into a gym, she committed herself to 30 minutes on the elliptical machine five times per week. She also learned to cook, cut calories, and cleaned up her diet. Best of all, she encouraged her husband, Danny, to join her on her journey to health.

In less than two years, the couple has lost a whopping combined 362 pounds. They look like entirely different people, and their story is inspiring.

Emma Pope, @popemma

Emma Pope | Emma Pope via Instagram

Emma Pop, who weighed 319 pounds at her heaviest, credits Instagram itself for keeping her motivated. She documented her journey on her account, treating it almost as a weight loss diary. Pope’s four year weight loss journey included working out at least four times a week for an hour and a half, eating a healthy diet, and checking in regularly on Instagram.

Four years later, Pope weighs a healthy 175 pounds and has found a great balance between maintaining healthy habits and enjoying her life.

Sarah, @sarah_griff_fit

Sarah Griffin weight loss transformation. | Sarah Griffin via Instagram

Sarah’s before and after photos say it all — this is someone who has dedicated her life to fitness and stuck with it. While she doesn’t specify how much weight she’s lost, it’s clear that she focuses more on weight lifting and body sculpting than she does the numbers on the scale. Sarah is also an Ambassador for Designer Protein and a personal trainer.

Jessica, @getfitwjessica

Jessica | Jessica via Instagram

In the last year and a half, Jessica has dropped about 170 pounds. Although she is an avid exerciser, she credits her success mainly to one thing: Portion control. She has 290,000 Instagram followers, and she loves to motivate them with small challenges and amazing before and after shots.

Tina, @rocktheshade

Tina weight loss transformation. | Tina via instagram

Tina has lost an Earth-shattering 350 pounds since she started her fitness journey in 2010. Her highest weight was 502 pounds, so needless to say, she had to start slowly. Tina deals with chronic pain and has had to have several surgeries to remove her excess skin, but she still exercises daily and eats plenty of produce to stay slim.

Morgan Osman, @farmwife_fitlife

Morgan Osman weight loss transformation. | Morgan Osman via Instagram

Morgan Osman just started her weight loss journey in January of 2017, and she has already lost 150 pounds. Her consistent photos of her progress mixed with motivational quotes and healthy recipes shows that she also uses her Instagram for accountability. Osman admits in her posts that she has struggled with a food addiction, but she now appears to eat big, healthy salads and chicken and veggies for her meals.

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There Will Be Naysayers, and Here’s How You Handle Them

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“One major thing I didn’t expect was people putting me down, or judging me, for wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle. It came from close friends that I thought would be supportive. They’d make passive-aggressive remarks about food choices or my workouts. They actually made me feel ashamed at one point. Eventually, I realized their behavior was a reflection on them and had nothing to do with me. So, whenever they’d start with the negative remarks, I’d remind them that my decisions were my own and I wasn’t forcing my lifestyle on them. Now, I just remind myself that I don’t owe anyone an explanation.”
— Lora Supnet, @healthyhappylora, has lost 65 pounds
But You Might Be Surprised at How Supportive Others Are
“Based on how my family was growing up, eating a lot of unhealthy food, I didn’t expect them to be supportive when I asked them to stop eating things like fried chicken in front of me, but they were 100 percent on board. They’ve even cut down on eating that stuff themselves.”
— Bolls
You May Want to Throw Your Scale Out the Window Eventually…
“I stopped weighing myself within the last year—I didn’t want the numbers to dictate my mood anymore. If I lost weight, I would be happy and my day would start off great, but if I gained a little, I was devastated. I became so stressed over it and it was nonsense. Gaining .2 pounds is not something that should make you feel miserable about yourself. If you feel like I did, it might be best to move away from the scale a bit.”
— Supnet
…And Use This to Track Your Progress Instead
“Pictures! I find that when you see yourself in the mirror day after day, it can be hard to notice changes. But pictures really help you see the subtle differences in your body. Plus, when I’m struggling, I look back and remember how far I’ve come.”
— Graham
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